Haverhill Public School Curriculum Department – English Learner Education (ELE)
The English Learner Education (ELE) Program provides multi-level, grade appropriate English language development in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, History, and Science to students in the Haverhill Public Schools whose home language is other than English and who are in the process of developing mastery of English fluency.
District Supervisor, ELE
Who are our English Language Learners (ELLs)?
English Learners are recognized as vital members of our student population bringing multiple perspectives and cultural lenses to the broader community. They arrive at any grade, age, and proficiency level and are welcomed to our community with support that is matched to their level of development. ELLs become fluent in English over time and serve as models to others who would like to become bilingual through the foreign languages.
Assessment and Classification
Our students are assessed upon matriculation using the WIDA Model Placement Test of Academic English in the areas of mathematics, English language arts, science, and social Studies and placed with the school and staff that will best provide intensive English language and academic language development across all disciplines. They are assessed throughout the year to determine growth and progress with pre and post tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening in accordance with the expectations for academic and language growth of the State Curriculum Frameworks and of the World International Design Assessment (WIDA) standards for academic language proficiency.
Assessment and Registration:
ELE Assessment and Student Records
Focus on Literacy and Language
Our English Language Development Curriculum focuses on meaningful access to content knowledge, vocabulary, and the understanding of conceptual themes in each of the content areas. Our students are encouraged to speak, listen, read and write in English in safe and supportive environments that facilitate confidence across all language domains. ELLs study the same grade level curriculum as the fluent English speakers through language rich exploration of root details about a subject that involve in-depth manipulation, and negotiation of language. ELLs increase frequency of phrasal usage, volume of mastered vocabulary, authentic phonetic qualities in their speaking, the art of discourse, and critical thinking as conveyed through the written and spoken word.
The ELE staff are highly qualified and licensed in content areas and English Language Development (ESL/ELD) while our general and special education faculty is trained in sheltering instruction for English Language Learners.
ELE Extended Day Tutoring:
ELLs will have the opportunity to work in small individualized groups with their teachers for 2 additional hours per week on English and Math in preparation for the State MCAS exam starting in the fall. Information will be forthcoming.
ELE Intensive Summer Program in Language, Literacy, and Math:
ELLs can participate in an intensive language program whereby teachers will use innovative strategies such as cross group collaboration, technology, the scientific method approach to analyzing everything from basic inquiry to literary analysis, theater arts, reader’s and author’s corners, the gathering of supportive evidence, debating techniques, and authentic problem solving in mathematics. The program runs for 5 weeks from July to early August. Information will be available by April for the summer of 2014.
Interpreters and Translations:
The ELE Program and the Haverhill Public Schools provides a full time Interpreter/Translator to assure that notices from the schools are sent home in Spanish. Parents should call if they need an interpreter to call a school for them or attend a meeting on behalf of their child at the schools. Provisions are made for families who have requested notices sent home in Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, and French.
Contact for Spanish Interpreter/Translator:
See our link for the Haverhill Public Schools ELE/ELD Curriculum
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